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Commercials get fully switched on

SITUATED in the south west Dublin community of Rathcoole -- close to the Kildare border, Commercials are one of the more unique clubs in Dublin.

Founded in 1886, they are one of the few sides in the county who are an all hurling club. They do have a rich history, however, and sit at number three in the Dublin senior hurling championship roll of honour with nine titles.

Getting back to those heights is the aim and in the club's nursery Commercials are in the process of developing their future stars. Games promotion officer Tom O'Mahony spoke to the Herald about the progress the club is making.

"The nursery really starts in the local schools," he said.

"We are lucky in that we have four very strong primary schools in the area and they are our main feeders. We get great backing from them and the principals and teachers are a great help.

"Holy Family Community secondary school is another who provide us with a lot of players. Our numbers our rolling along nicely so if we can keep that up year on year we will be happy."

Given that they are an all-hurling club one might suspect some difficulties in attracting players in comparison to the dual clubs.

O'Mahony, however, says that they deal with it quite well: "St Mary's Saggart play only Gaelic football so that helps and there is a great relationship between the clubs.


"It's rare that there would be a situation where there is a clash, especially at juvenile level. But there is competition with some of the soccer clubs in the area who would be quite strong."

The club is well-equipped facilities wise. Pitches, a hurling wall, two ball alleys and a sports hall mean that the members have the best possible setting in which to develop their skills.

O'Mahony was quick to pay tribute to the work being done by the various mentors in the club.

"We ran a code of ethics course recently and there was a great attendance," he explained. "There was also a defibrillator brought into the club and a special course was run in the use of that which was really well attended as well.

"The commitment of the mentors is incredible."

Going forward there is little doubt where O'Mahony wants Commercials to be.

"We are intermediate at the moment and going okay there," he mused

"But obviously we would be hoping to get back to senior level. Obviously it will take time but with the work being done at the moment hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.

"If we keep going in the right direction the players will come through gradually and that would be the long-term aim."